Wal-Mart releases results from Ark. energy audit
Little Rock, Ark. Wal-Mart Stores announced today the results of an energy audit of capitol complexes in Arkansas. The report includes recommendations that could save the state more than $430,000 in energy costs and help avoid producing more than 2,800 tons of carbon dioxide annually.
“Wal-Mart’s audit gives us detailed guidance toward reducing the State of Arkansas’s energy costs,” Governor Mike Beebe said. “We appreciate Wal-Mart’s continued commitment to improving its home state.”
During a two-day auditing process, Wal-Mart sent a team of engineering experts to survey state capitol facilities. The team worked with staff from the Arkansas Building Authority, the Office of Energy, the Secretary of State’s office and the Governor’s office. The audit suggests energy-efficiency improvements based on technologies Wal-Mart has successfully deployed in many stores, clubs and other facilities around the world.
The areas covered by the audit include lighting, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, refrigeration and other equipment, technologies such as programmable thermostats and building structure, including insulation and windows.
“Wal-Mart is committed to sharing its sustainability findings and providing governments and businesses with proven energy solutions that benefit the environment and save money,” said Kim Saylors-Laster, VP energy at Wal-Mart. “It’s evident Arkansas has made many improvements to increase building efficiency. We believe the state can recognize even more energy savings and reduce emissions by implementing the recommendations in our audit.”
Indigo creates environmental fund for collected bag fees
Toronto In response to the City of Toronto imposing a minimum five-cent fee for all plastic bags requested by shoppers, Indigo Books & Music said Friday that it will create the Indigo Environment Fund and donate all collected to fees to local environmental initiatives.
The city’s bag fee law is effective as of June 1. While the chain offers shoppers the opportunity to purchase reusable bags for $1.99, Indigo realizes that some shoppers still want to use plastic. To ease the burden of an imposed fee, the chain plans to use its Indigo Environment Fund as a holding account for all fees. The money will be donated to established environmental groups.
Toronto mandates green roofs
Toronto Green roofs will be required on new buildings in Toronto starting next year after the city council Tuesday overwhelmingly adopted the most stringent and comprehensive green-roof rules of any city in North America. The new rules consist of a green-roof construction standard and a mandatory requirement for green roofs on all classes of new buildings.
“Toronto’s by-law provides a new opportunity to strengthen the emerging practice of integrated green building design,” said Steven W. Peck, president of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, Toronto, which supported the measure. “The by-law breaks new ground on how to structure a mandatory green-roof requirement and the construction standard also contains important best practices that may prove to be a model for other cities.”
The rules are effective for new residential buildings constructed after Jan. 31, 2010, and for industrial and commercial buildings constructed after Jan. 31, 2011.